Kate Ayoub PROGRAM COACH
Kate joined the DC Tri Club in 2015. She joined NTP as a coordinator in 2016 and became the coach in 2017. Kate has raced all distances and completed her first Ironman Triathlon in 2017. Kate works as a physical therapist and health coach in Washington DC. When not training she enjoys reading, pottery, and climbing.
Jennifer Cunningham PROGRAM MANAGER
Jenny joined the NTP program in 2016 looking for a new challenge after retiring from a college swimming career. Jenny completed her first triathlon in high school and has completed three additional sprint triathlons in the last couple of years. In addition to being the NTP Manager, Jenny also coaches for the DC Tri Masters Swim Program. Jenny works in Education Technology and enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking in her spare time.
Mark Raugust SOCIAL DIGITAL COORDINATOR
Mark Raugust joined the DC Tri-Club in 2012 as part of the NTP. Prior to taking up triathlons Mark was an avid cyclist and trained martial arts for 10 years. Mark has completed all distances of Triathlon including a full Ironman. Mark also leads the DC Tri Winter Marathon Training Group and the weekly Wednesday Night Track workouts at Wilson HS. When not training he cooks and does consular work for the U.S. government.
Michael Shipp CLINICS COORDINATOR
Michael is a USAT Level 1 Certified Coach and moved to DC in 2016. Upon moving he joined DC Triathlon Club (DCTC) and served on the 2017-18 Board of Directors for District Triathlon, an organization working to encourage, inspire, support and increase the participation of People of Color in triathlon. Michael is a DC Triathlon Club Swim Maters Coach and is the Clinics Coordinator for NTP. After being introduced to the sport through Team Red, White, and Blue in 2014, Michael has since completed all distances of triathlon, including Ironman Maryland in 2017. When Michael isn’t training, he enjoys working with likeminded people who are inspired to build better communities.
Kyoko Kawai GROUP WORKOUT COORDINATOR
Kyoko joined the DC Tri Club in 2011 as a member of NTP. After she completed her first sprint distance triathlon (NTP graduation race), she has raced and finished wide range of triathlon races including Ironman 140.6 distance. She has qualified to be a member of Team USA Triathlon to represent USA Triathlon Age Group at the ITU World Grand Final in 2018 and 2019. She believes that the NTP provided her a solid foundation to enjoy triathlon and wants to give back to the program by serving as an NTP coordinator.
Kelly Lefler EVENTS COORDINATOR & ELITE TEAM LIAISON
Kelly joined DC Tri Club in 2015 and has been racing triathlons since 2011. She has raced all four distances and is trying to complete a race in every state. Her favorite part of triathlon is the fun supportive community (… and carb loading with ice cream). Kelly has been a coordinator with NTP and the Elite Team Liaison since 2017. When not training, Kelly enjoys cooking, eating, and traveling.
David Payne MASTERS SWIM LIAISON
David joined the DC Tri Club In 2011 when he signed up for NTP. Since then he’s gone on to complete tons of races from the sprint to the iron-distance. David is also one of the DC Tri Club’s Master Swim coaches and you can find him at Wilson Aquatic Center most Monday evenings for practice. When David isn’t training he enjoys trying new restaurants, cooking, and traveling wherever he can (mostly just to continue eating).